Health Check – What’s Your Body Mass Or BMI

The BMI is a fairly reliable indicator of body fatness for most people. It is a better predictor of disease risk than body weight alone. The BMI is the comparison of our weight and height. Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and being overweight are all major concerns in Grundy County according to the latest Health Council report. Being overweight can cause any of them. Since you just can’t open yourself up and look inside your blood vessels for fat and cholesterol, here’s a quick and easy way to assess your risk. Know your BMI and make choices to have it within the normal range.

Find your height along the top of the chart. Then find your weight in pounds along the left side. Find the point in the chart where that column and row meet and you will see your BMI. A BMI of 24 or less is normal; 25-29 is overweight and 30 or more is obese.  Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. second only to cigarette smoking. There are no magic pills or potions to protect ourselves from this “health hazard.”

Health is like a 3-legged stool of nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle; without one of these legs the stool cannot stand. Setting realistic goals is essential in achieving them. Start by losing 1-2 pounds each week. Simply having healthy, balanced meals (without the hidden sugars and fat) and getting enough exercise are the main “legs” that will help get you on track to weight loss and healthier living.

CHOOSE HEALTH!

Contributing to this column are University of the South students Linnea Carver and Ben Almassi.

BMI

Height (in)

58

59

60

61

62

63

64

65

66

67

68

69

70

71

72

73

74

75

76

Wgt.(lbs)

4’10″

4’11″

5’0″

5’1″

5’2″

5’3″

5’4″

5’5″

5’6″

5’7″

5’8″

5’9″

5’10″

5’11″

6’0″

6’1′

6’2″

6’3′

6’4′

100

21

20

20

19

18

18

17

17

16

16

15

15

14

14

14

13

13

13

12

105

22

21

21

20

19

19

18

18

17

16

16

16

15

15

14

14

14

13

13

110

23

22

22

21

20

20

19

18

18

17

17

16

16

15

15

15

14

14

13

115

24

23

23

22

21

20

20

19

19

18

18

17

17

16

16

15

15

14

14

120

25

24

23

23

22

21

21

20

19

19

18

18

17

17

16

16

15

15

15

125

26

25

24

24

23

22

22

21

20

20

19

18

18

17

17

17

16

16

15

130

27

26

25

25

24

23

22

22

21

20

20

19

19

18

18

17

17

16

16

135

28

27

26

26

25

24

23

23

22

21

21

20

19

19

18

18

17

17

16

140

29

28

27

27

26

25

24

23

23

22

21

21

20

20

19

19

18

18

17

145

30

29

28

27

27

26

25

24

23

23

22

21

21

20

20

19

19

18

18

150

31

30

29

28

27

27

26

25

24

24

23

22

22

21

20

20

19

19

18

155

32

31

30

29

28

28

27

26

25

24

24

23

22

22

21

20

20

19

19

160

34

32

31

30

29

28

28

27

26

25

24

24

23

22

22

21

21

20

20

165

35

33

32

31

30

29

28

28

27

26

25

24

24

23

22

22

21

21

20

170

36

34

33

32

31

30

29

28

27

27

26

25

24

24

23

22

22

21

21

175

37

35

34

33

32

31

30

29

28

27

27

26

25

24

24

23

23

22

21

180

38

36

35

34

33

32

31

30

29

28

27

27

26

25

24

24

23

23

22

185

39

37

36

35

34

33

32

31

30

29

28

27

27

26

25

24

24

23

23

190

40

38

37

36

35

34

33

32

31

30

29

28

27

27

26

25

24

24

23

195

41

39

38

37

36

35

34

33

32

31

30

29

28

27

27

26

25

24

24

200

42

40

39

38

37

36

34

33

32

31

30

30

29

28

27

26

26

25

24

205

43

41

40

39

38

36

35

34

33

32

31

30

29

29

28

27

26

26

25

210

44

43

41

40

38

37

36

35

34

33

32

31

30

29

29

28

27

26

26

215

45

44

42

41

39

38

37

36

35

34

33

32

31

30

29

28

28

27

26

220

46

45

43

42

40

39

38

37

36

35

34

33

32

31

30

29

28

28

27

225

47

46

44

43

41

40

39

38

36

35

34

33

32

31

31

30

29

28

27

230

48

47

45

44

42

41

40

38

37

36

35

34

33

32

31

30

30

29

28

235

49

48

46

44

43

42

40

39

38

37

36

35

34

33

32

31

30

29

29

240

50

49

47

45

44

43

41

40

39

38

37

36

35

34

33

32

31

30

29

245

51

50

48

46

45

43

42

41

40

38

37

36

35

34

33

32

32

31

30

250

52

51

49

47

46

44

43

42

40

39

38

37

36

35

34

33

32

31

30

255

53

52

50

48

47

45

44

43

41

40

39

38

37

36

35

34

33

32

31

260

54

53

51

49

48

46

45

43

42

41

40

38

37

36

35

34

33

33

32

265

56

54

52

50

49

47

46

44

43

42

40

39

38

37

36

35

34

33

32

270

57

55

53

51

49

48

46

45

44

42

41

40

39

38

37

36

35

34

33

275

58

56

54

52

50

49

 

                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                       

 

 

 

 


Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 2:03 pm